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A cavity often starts out as a small area of demineralization that affects a tooth’s enamel layer. Without professional treatment from a dentist, this area of tooth decay can continue to grow to compromise an increasing amount of a previously healthy dental structure.

In time the bacterial presence could start to penetrate the root of the tooth and cause an infection to build up in the gums. As this starts to happen a dangerous dental abscess could develop in your periodontal tissues.

Early symptoms of a problem like this might include a toothache, as well as pain and pressure in the gums. In a situation like this, you should not delay in seeking treatment at Dr. Denver Palmer’s clinic.

If a dental abscess is caught early, he might be able to treat the tooth with a root canal followed up by a course of prescription antibiotics. A more severe case might require Dr. Denver Palmer to extract the tooth and excise any infected material. This will prevent the bacteria from crossing over to your bloodstream.

Dr. Denver Palmer will likely prescribe a course of antibiotics and pain management medication to help eliminate any lingering infection and help maintain your comfort while your gums heal.

The incision site might bleed a little for a few days after the extraction. You can lightly bite down on a piece of sterile gauze to help control the blood. Once it stops you can lightly rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water to clear away any stray blood.

It’s best to avoid chewing food on that side of your mouth while your gums are healing. You also shouldn’t drink through a straw as the suction could pull a blood clot loose.

Once your gums have completely healed Dr. Denver Palmer can help you understand your dental restoration options. This often calls for installing a dental implant and dental crown into the remaining void or fitting you for a standard dental bridge.

If you live in the Farmington, New Mexico, area and you are suffering from a toothache or severely decayed tooth, you should not delay in calling (505) 327.0044 to have it diagnosed and treated at Cedar Pointe Family Dentistry today!